BREAKING: California man charged with November swatting of Big Spring HS, more swatting incidents

22 December 2023- On November 30th, 2023, the Pennsylvania State Police, Carlisle Station, and numerous municipal police departments from Cumberland County, PA responded to Big Spring High School in West Pennsboro Township for a reported bomb threat. The school was evacuated as a result and students and staff were dismissed for the day. No devices were located within the school.

This incident was part of an ongoing “swatting” investigation that PSP Carlisle was actively investigating involving what was believed to be the same perpetrator. The act of “swatting” typically involves a report of a serious or violent crime or emergency which would typically prompt an elevated response from law enforcement. Oftentimes this would involve a tactical response team and/or specialized units such as a bomb team or SWAT team. “Swatting” poses a significant risk of violent results and diverts emergency services resources from real emergencies.

Through an extensive and exhaustive investigation by the Carlisle Criminal Investigation Unit, the PSP Bureau of Criminal Investigations, and the FBI, the suspect of the incident and numerous other swatting calls throughout Cumberland and Franklin Counties were identified as Nathaniel Sean Deleaon, W/H-M (White, Hispanic Male), 19 years of age of Tulare, California.

It was learned that the school bomb threat was one of many incidents in which Deleaon perpetrated in an effort to stalk and harass a local juvenile female, whom he had met online. Such “swatting” calls spanned from June 2023 until the above incident occurred.

As the investigation progressed, probable cause was established to charge Deleaon with risking catastrophe, stalking, terroristic threats, and harassment for the above incident and numerous other “swatting” calls PSP had handled. An arrest warrant was subsequently obtained and on December 22nd, the FBI executed the warrant on Deleaon’s residence based on evidence and information during the investigation. Deleaon was taken into custody based on the Cumberland County Arrest Warrant. Additional evidence was obtained pertaining to these investigations and Deleaon was lodged at a local prison facility while awaiting extradition to Pennsylvania.

Reference Incident Number: PA 2023-1569469

*Note: In the official press release from PSP, Nathaniel’s surname was written as Deleaon through most of the document. However, it was changed to Deleon at the end. News Talk 1037FM is looking to confirm the exact spelling of the suspect’s name.